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Amazon Says It's Bringing 800 More Jobs To Austin

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Amazon will create 800 new jobs in engineering, research and cloud computing in Austin, the tech giant announced Thursday.

In a press release, the company said it would build a 145,000-square-foot office at the Domain in North Austin to accommodate the new hires. It said it plans to open the office next year.

"With a strong pool of technical talent in Austin and a dynamic quality of life, we are excited to continue to expand and create more opportunity in this vibrant city," Terry Leeper, general manager of Amazon’s Austin operations, said.

Amazon has roughly 7,000 employees in the Austin area, including those at Whole Foods, which it acquired in 2016. The company says it has created 22,000 jobs in Texas since 2011.

Gov. Greg Abbott praised the announcement in a joint statement with Amazon.

“With today’s announcement and continued investment in the technology sector, Texas will continue to chart a path toward greater economic prosperity," he said.

The new jobs build on the 1,000 jobs Amazon says it's created in the last four years.

Nadia Hamdan is a local news anchor and host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT.
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